Former Ku Klux Klan head David Duke wants to end the debate. Is President Trump anti-Semitic?
Yes, avowed white supremacist Duke says. But is that such a bad thing?
In a February 20 podcast, Duke started by offering his very own definition of anti-Semitism. “What is anti-Semitism? What is the proper definition of an anti-Semite?”
From his regular monitoring of Jewish press and orgaizations, Duke said in his podcast: “an anti-Semite is not simply someone who doesn’t like Jews, they define an anti-Semite as someone, anyone, who opposes the organized Jewish agenda.” Trump, Duke believes, does just that.
“They see Trump as a huge enemy,” Duke said. “They hate Donald Trump because he opposes their agenda.”
Jews, Duke said, “incite everybody against Americans” and for the Jewish establishment, Trump is an “existential threat.”
Duke supported Trump throughout the president’s campaign. And he continues to offer his full-throated support, even though he struggles to make sense of his support for the Jewish state.
When Trump speaks about Israel, Duke said, it “makes me cringe when I hear it.”
Alex Trebek’s rap career might have started from the bottom, but now he’s definitely here.
The “Jeopardy” host spat some lyrics from Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West on Monday’s show, during a segment called “Let’s Rap Kids!” As one might expect, it was all done in a very precise, professional fashion.
“6’ 7’ 8’ bunch…young money militia & I am the commissioner, you don’t want to start Weezy, ‘cause the F is for finisher,” Trebek read out in a delightfully deadpan voice.
How about Alex Trebek rapping on Jeopardy! tonight pic.twitter.com/MNy9CEkf1p— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) February 21, 2017
He then lamented not getting enough airtime to showcase his skills. “I was just getting into this rap thing,” he quipped. “I’m not too good at it, but I was just getting into it.”
This isn’t the first time that Trebek has taken on the the hip-hop world. In past segments, he’s also channeled The Notorious B.I.G. and the Beastie Boys.
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Looking like Melania Trump is propelling an Israeli actress and model based in New York City to national acclaim.
Mira Tzur first started acting the part when John Di Domenico, a long-time Donald Trump impersonator, asked her to play Melania alongside him in a video, her publicist wrote the Forward in an email.
Tzur, 45, charges $3,000 plus expenses for each appearance as the First Lady, who is 46, according to the Miami Herald. She’s done it eight times so far, with more gigs coming.
Tzur grew up near Tel Aviv, and her Israeli accent adds to her resemblance to Slovenian-born First Lady. She’s also acted in ads for Advil and Neutrogena.
She told the Herald she likes the First Couple.
“I feel great admiration for both of them,” Tzur told the newspaper. “That makes my job ever better.”
Tzur is working on a book about the business for aspiring models.
Correction, February 21, 2017 p.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that Tzur lives in Miami Beach. In fact, she is based in New York City.
A JCC outside San Diego evacuated the building and called the police after receiving an emailed bomb threat.
It was the second threat the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla, California received in the past month.
The JCC received a bomb threat. SDPD did a sweep of the building and determined the threat was a hoax. We reopened at 7:00AM.— Lawrence Family JCC (@SanDiegoJCC) February 21, 2017
A police search of the facility found no evidence of explosive materials in the building.
This is the latest threat in a series of threats to JCCs and other Jewish centers across the country.
The left-wing Jewish activist group IfNotNow staged a street theater protest Tuesday morning at the law offices of Donald Trump’s Israel ambassador nominee, David Friedman.
A group of just over a dozen young activists held a “mock confirmation hearing” for Friedman, with activists playing Friedman and the U.S. Senators who must approve his nomination.
“David Friedman’s views on Israel and the occupation are deeply out of touch with the mainstream Jewish community,” said Jacob Friedman, an IfNotNow member, in an emailed statement.
Friedman’s actual confirmation hearing, held last Thursday, saw the bankruptcy attorney say that he regretted his choice of words in calling the left-wing pro-Israel organization J Street “worse than kapos,” but stuck by his condemnation of the group, which has close ties to If Not Now’s founders.
Correction: An earlier version of this blog post reported that Friedman had apologized for calling J Street “worse than kapos.” In fact, only said he regretted his language.
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